InterconECSU Fall 2011

During Fall 2011 semester, students at Eastern Connecticut State University and students at the following schools/universities will be building connections using this blogspace.

We will be using the instructions about developing electronic portfolios available by clicking on this link – ePortfoliodev 0711 and information about presenting in ePortfolios.

Please leave messages below with your interests in participating in this international collaborative project.

Education Training and Enterprise  Center (EDTEC), Mbita, Kenya

Education Training and Enterprise Center (EDTEC), Mbita, Kenya

Education Training and Enterprise  Center (EDTEC), Mbita, Kenya –

Our local partner – Kennedy Onyango,, Director-EDTEC

Presentations prepared by EDU 357 participants

Food in Kenya –

Elementary Schools in Kenya

School Psychology and an overview of Kenya –

Public health in Kenya –

High School Curriculum in Kenya –

Media in Kenya –

Diversity in Kenya

Cultural aspects

Pre-schools in Kenya

Universidad Regiomontana Monterrey Spain

Universidad Regiomontana Monterrey Spain

Universidad Regiomontana (U.R.) – in Spanish and in English

Our local partner is Mary Meinecke [ ], instructor of English, bilingual education, and some other education related courses to the
students studying their bachelors in education, with a specialization in
bilingual education.

Presentations developed by EDU 357 participants

Media for Education in Mexico –

Ethno-mathematics in Mexico –

Food and Education in Mexico –

Classrooms in Mexico –

Special Needs in Mexico –!152&p4=&kip=1

Advertising in Mexico

English learning in Mexico –!102

Pre-school in Mexico –

Physical Education and Health in Mexico

Theatre Education in Mexico

Sports in Mexico



3 Responses to InterconECSU Fall 2011

  1. It’s wonderful to connect and jointly work in a project facilitated by technology! Students at EDTEC College & School in Kenya are excited with this opportunity. Here is our skype ID: edtecschool

    Kindly drop a message

  2. Kennedy:

    Thank you for this posting. Our students would be able to post comments to each other. I will need to approve each posting before the comments will appear on this webpage.

    This is only one way in which we might connect. You might consider developing your own website by establishing an account on I’ve added a link to this webpage to a powerpoint file on some notes on how we establish these websites on and are also making use of to store files.

    Do you collaborate with Education beyond Borders – ? They have some nice photos of Mbita.

    For your edutainment, please see an introductory video about our hometown, in Willimantic, CT.

    Looking forward to collaborating with you. Might you (and some of your students) be available on Monday, September 19 in your evening for a Skype meeting?

    Have a relaxing weekend.

    David Stoloff

    • Dear David and students at Eastern Connecticut State University,

      Greetings. Hope you are well. We are doing well and we started the 3rd week of the school in good tempo. I am sharing with you a story about a new enrollment at EDTEC School and it reflects a typical picture in Kenya.

      Kindly read it.


      Introduction for children

      Going back to school means lots of different things. For some children it doesn’t mean going back at all, because they’re going to school for the first time. For some it means starting at a new school. For others it might even mean starting at a new school in a different country. But even if it means going back to the same school for the second, third or fourth time, and even if you’re with the same teacher, it still has the feeling of a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to leave some of the old things behind and start on some new ones. You can say things that begin with, ‘This year….’

      Perhaps: ‘This year, I’m really going to try to get in the school team.’


      ‘This year I’m going to do better at English.’


      ‘This year I’m never going to be late for school.’

      Have any of you had thoughts like that? Would you like to share them?

      [Take some ideas]

      That ‘fresh start feeling’ is quite a good feeling. It makes you feel sort of free and ready for anything. And it’s important to get on and build on it, because if you don’t you’ll soon fall back and everything will be just the same as before.

      And that good ‘fresh start’ feeling is universal – which means it’s the same for everyone, right across the world. So today our story is about someone making a fresh start in a school a very long way from here. This person has a very different experience from yours, but I guess you’ll recognise the feelings.


      It’s a big day for Beatrice. Today, her life will change. Today she will go to school for the first time.

      Beatrice lives in Kenya. Her life is hard, and although she is eight years old, she has not had the chance to go to school before. School costs money. Not much money, but not much is too much when you are very poor.

      Beatrice enrollment at EDTEC School will completely alter her life and of course make things difficult for Beatrice’s mother, because Beatrice is an important member of the family. She is old enough to do housework, to make the long journey to fetch water, and to look after the babies in the house while her mother is out working in the fields.

      Now Beatrice is in school, her mother doesn’t really know how she will cope. Some mothers would have refused to let Aisha go to school at all, but Beatrice’s mother knows that school could change Beatrice’s life. If she does well in school she will learn to read and write and get qualifications and perhaps find a good job in the city, where she will wear good office clothes and be able send money back to her family.

      Education for Beatrice is a way to a better life, as it is for every child across the world.

      So today, Beatrice is full of excitement as she takes the long walk to school. She goes alone. Neither her mother, nor any of the other adults, have the time to take children to school. And like all other children in her village, Beatrice is very independent. So she will happily walk the long road to school, taking care to watch out for snakes in the grass at the side of the road.

      She sets off from home in the dark and it is still dark when she arrives. Not many people are there, but she sees the head teacher, Mr. Onyango, at the door talking to a little boy. The boy is crying, and Mr. Onyango gives him a pat on the head and then the boy walks away from school. He is going home, because his parents no longer have enough money for him to go to school. Mr. Onyango shakes his head as he watches him go. He has kept the boy on for a long time without payment, but it cannot go on for ever. The school depends on the money paid by the well-wishers to support the children.

      The head teacher welcomes Beatrice, and tells her to go inside and look round. Beatrice is very excited by her school. There is very little to see, though. There are a few chairs and desks, and a blackboard. And outside there is one toilet that everyone will have to share. Mr. Onyango struggles hard all the time to find money to run his school, and he begs furniture and equipment from whoever can provide it.

      But Beatrice knows that what matters in her new school is that she will learn. That is what she wants, and that is what she is determined to do. Because if she works hard at her learning, then she will build a better life than the life which her mother leads, and who knows, maybe she will be able to help her mother to have a better life also.

      It is seven in the morning now, and other children arrive at the school. Soon, everyone is gathered in the school room. Mr. Onyango says good morning, and everyone says, ‘Good morning Mr. Onyango, good morning everybody.’

      Then he says a prayer for the children, thanking God that they can all be together and continue their learning journey together. They pray for the nation of Kenya and for all the children of the world. Finally they give thanks for children in other parts of the world, including USA, who raise money to help their school.

      And so begins the day’s work. The children have exercise books and pencils, because a school in USA has sent some to them. Together they learn their letters and they learn arithmetic. Beatrice finds the work difficult, but she works hard and with great determination. She knows inside herself that this is her chance, and that she cannot afford to waste it, for the sake of her mother, and herself.


      All across the world, there are children who long to go to school. It’s just the same here in our town and our country. There are many very young children, three or four years old, who see older ones going to school and cannot wait to start. Maybe you were like that. And of course when the time comes the children who live in our town and our country will be able to go to school, and take advantage of the learning that will improve their lives.

      But they are fortunate. Across the world many children cannot go to school. They live in places where there aren’t enough schools or teachers and where they have to find the money. That means so many children become trapped in poverty, without the qualifications that will help them to live better lives and help their families. The whole world would be a better place if all children could go to school.


      We thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to be at school and to learn. Help us to make the most of our time in school, to do the best we can for ourselves and for our parents. We remember those children across the world who long go to school, and we pray for the unselfish and dedicated people who work to try to bring opportunities where they don’t exist.

      A thought

      Education sets people free to make the most of themselves and to serve others.

      Things to think about
      Imagine your classroom with no equipment, no furniture. Just a teacher and a blackboard. You’d still be able to learn and have lessons. Can you describe a day in your school if it was like that?

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